<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/top-storieshttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.pngNBC 7 San Diegohttp://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usSun, 24 Jul 2016 10:17:46 -0700Sun, 24 Jul 2016 10:17:46 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA['We're Just Going to Love Them': SD Clears The Shelters]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 22:59:51 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Corgi-GettyImages-512536165.jpg

Animal shelters across the U.S. – including 13 shelters in San Diego – teamed up with NBC Saturday to find loving forever homes for pets in need.

The second annual Clear the Shelters nationwide pet adoption event brought San Diegans to shelters across the county in search of a furry friend to take home, including to the San Diego Humane Society on Gaines Street where NBC 7’s Dagmar Midcap spoke with locals looking to adopt pets throughout the day.

Local shelters in Chula Vista, El Cajon, Bonita, Coronado, Carlsbad, Escondido, Oceanside and Encinitas were also among those participating in Clear the Shelters, which runs through 5 p.m. Saturday. There were 1,473 local pets up for adoption across local participating shelters as the event kicked off.

At the San Diego Humane Society on Gaines Street, dozens of locals lined up well before 10 a.m. to adopt dogs, cats and bunnies. One-by-one, dogs, cats and kittens were matched with owners promising forever homes.

This included one local family that came with intentions to adopt one dog, but happily left Clear The Shelters with two new pups -- siblings that the family did not want to break up.

"Family is very important to us," said the mother. "And we wanted to keep them together."

The family gave their new pets "Star Wars" themed names fit for a pair of furry siblings on the very weekend of San Diego Comic-Con International: Jedi and Sith.

"We're just going to love them. We're just going to love them with all our hearts," said the father. "That's all we're going to do. And we're going to cuddle with them all day."

Another memorable adoption Saturday was that of a 10-week-old kitten named Emerald.

Her new owner, a little girl named Aricelli, said she named her new kitten Emerald because of the beautiful color of the animal's green eyes.

"I just really wanted this kitten," Aricelli told NBC 7, beaming with joy as she snuggled with her new best friend.

Aricelli took Emerald home in a little carrier, complete with its own plush, comfortable bed fit for a queen.

Meanwhile, San Diego resident Darrell Jennings walked away from the adoption drive with an 8-month-old pet bunny, whom he named Sebastian.

Jennings was excited to bring his new pet home to his wife and 13-year-old.

"I'm not going to leave empty-handed," said Jennings. "This is great."

Another lucky dog, Cooper, was among the first to be adopted Saturday at the San Diego Humane Society. His new family found an adoption listing for Cooper online a few days ago and came out to Clear The Shelters to pick up their new pet.

The adoption of another tiny dog soon followed at the Gaines Street shelter, a little girl cradling her new puppy, "Cha Cha," in her arms as she took her pet home.

Even a hamster -- named "Helen" -- was adopted at the San Diego Humane Society.

By the end of the day Saturday, 771 pets had been adopted across San Diego County. In El Cajon, almost all of the pets up for adoption were placed with families, with the exception of one pup named Opie.

More than 400 shelters in 20 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico waived or discounted fees as part of the one-day adoption drive Saturday. Once again, the goal was to find as many homes for animals as possible.

Last year, 777 pets were successfully adopted in San Diego. This included a lucky rabbit adopted by Midcap.

Across the country, more than 19,000 pets were adopted during last year’s Clear the Shelters event. By 6 p.m. Saturday, this year's tally was up to 44,000 pets who had been placed with caring families this month during the Clear The Shelters event.

Locals who adopted a pet at today’s Clear the Shelters event can share photos of their new buddies with NBC 7 over social media by using the hashtags #ClearTheShelters and #NBC7.

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<![CDATA['No Indications' Munich Shooting Was Linked to ISIS: Police]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:33:32 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Munich-Shooting-GettyImages-579198418.jpg

Police said there were “no indications” the teenage gunman who killed nine people and then himself at a mall in Munich, Germany, had any links to terror groups including ISIS, NBC News reported. 

"There is no indication that there is a link to ISIS," Police Chief Hubertus Andrae said.         

Searches revealed the 18-year-old, born and raised in the Bavarian capital, "looked intensively" at the subject of "shooting rampages," Andrae said. Officials said they found a book called “Rampage in the Head: Why Students Kill” among his belongings. 

It appeared the attacker hacked a young woman’s Facebook account and posted a message to lure people to the mall for a free meal, according to police. 

Police searched the gunman’s home, which he shared with his parents and his brother. Family members were not questioned because they were “too affected,” Andrae said.

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<![CDATA[Ambassador Stevens' Mom to GOP: Stop Exploiting His Name]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 06:43:33 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-543417512.jpg

The mother of the U.S. ambassador killed in the 2012 attack in Benghazi has asked that Donald Trump and the Republican Party to stop the "opportunistic and cynical" use of her son's name and death.

"As Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens's mother, I am writing to object to any mention of his name and death in Benghazi, Libya, by Donald Trump's campaign and the Republican Party," Stevens' mother, Mary Commanday, wrote in a letter published in The New York Times online Saturday.

Trump in a speech accepting his party's nomination Thursday referred to the four victims of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, who he claimed were "left helpless to die at the hands of savage killers" by Clinton, who was secretary of State at the time, NBC News reported. 

"I know for certain that Chris would not have wanted his name or memory used in that connection. I hope that there will be an immediate and permanent stop to this opportunistic and cynical use by the campaign," she added.

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<![CDATA[Comic-Con 2016: Saturday's Must-See Events]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 08:13:55 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-578968454.jpg

The San Diego Convention Center will be extra packed Saturday for Comic-Con's busiest day.

With so much hustle and bustle to see and do, here are some of Saturday's events you shouldn't miss:

Back to the '90s: Nickelodeon’s "All That" Reunion and "Legends of the Hidden Temple"
11:15am - 12:15pm, Room 6A
Relive the '90s with a Nickelodeon throwback reunion of "All That" cast members Josh Server, Danny Tamberelli, Lori Beth Denberg and Kel Mitchell. Former "Legends of the Hidden Temple" cast members Kirk Fogg and Dee Bradley Baker will also join the reunion to talk about the upcoming TV movie based on their popular 90s show.

Spotlight on Stan Lee
1:45pm - 2:45pm, Room 6A
Don't miss your chance to see comic industry megastar Stan Lee. The former president and chairman of Marvel Comics co-created Spider-Man, the X-Men, Thor, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man and many other comic characters.

"Star Trek"
2:00pm - 3:00pm, Hall H
Join "Star Trek" actors William Shatner, Scott Bakula, Michael Dorn, Jeri Ryan and Brent Spiner to celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of the iconic science fiction television show.

'Aliens': 30th Anniversary
3:15pm - 4:15pm, Hall H
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the iconic science fiction horror film "Aliens" with writer and director James Cameron (Avatar), producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) and cast members Sigourney Weaver (Avatar), Bill Paxton (True Lies), Lance Henriksen (Millennium), Michael Biehn (The Terminator) and Paul Reiser (Red Oaks).

'Doctor Who' and Torchwood Comics
3:30pm - 4:30pm, Room 5AB
Join "Doctor Who" writers Cavan Scott, George Mann, Rob Williams, Paul Cornell and editor Andrew James for an inside look into what's happening in the Whovian comic universe. John Barrowman and Carole E. Barrowman will also be there to discuss their new "Torchwood" comic, which will debut at the show.

'A Song of Ice and Fire': Game of Thrones Fan Discussion
4:00pm - 5:00pm, Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library
Debate popular "Game of Thrones" fan theories and discuss all things related to the book and television series with podcasters Amin Javadi (Podcast of Ice and Fire, Bastards of Kingsgrave), Ashley Mitruk (Podcast of Ice and Fire), Kyle Maddock (Podcast of Ice and Fire, AfterBuzzTV) and Tara Lynne (The Geekiary).

Marvel Studios
5:30pm - 6:45pm, Hall H
Don't miss a chance to hear from Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige, joined by special guests, for an inside look into Marvel's newest and upcoming projects.

Captain America vs. Iron Man: Freedom, Security, Psychology
8:30pm - 9:30pm, Room 26AB
This panel will debate and analyze the psychology and intentions of Captain America's Steve Rogers and Iron Man's Tony Stark. One team will argue for Captain America's defense of superhero liberties while the other backs Iron Man's defense of national and international security.

Season 2 World Premiere Screening of "Ash vs Evil Dead"
10:00pm - 11:00pm, Room 6DE
Don't miss the world premiere of the second season of the STARZ Original Series, "Ash vs. Evil." The screening will be introduced by the show's cast and executive producers.

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<![CDATA[Surfer Hits Head on Rocks, Rescued From Cliffs]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 10:39:10 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Cliff-Rescue-0723.jpg

A 49-year-old surfer who slipped and hit his head on the rocky edges of Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach Saturday was hoisted from the cliffs and hospitalized, officials confirmed.

According to San Diego Fire-Rescue Lt. Kropsky, the surfer took a tumble as he got out of the water just after 9 a.m. along Sunset Cliffs and Osprey Avenue.

The impact from his fall knocked him unconscious and he was stranded at the bottom of the rocks.

When emergency crews arrived, they found the victim was being held up on the rocks, just out of the water, by a friend. The surfer did not have a pulse, Kropsky said.

Officials performed CPR on the victim and were eventually able to get a pulse. Crews in an air ambulance hoisted the victim from the cliffs and rushed him to a nearby hospital.

As of 10:30 a.m., the extent of his injuries and condition was unknown. No further details were immediately released.

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<![CDATA[45K Pets Find Homes Through Clear the Shelters]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 20:16:46 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/kids-cats-cts.jpg

Tilda the pug terrier mix, Charizard the iguana, Rose the Huskie and more than 20,000 other animals found new homes on Saturday as NBC’s pet adoption drive emptied shelters across the country.

More than 45,000 pets in all were adopted this month as part of the second annual Clear the Shelters campaign, after more than 40 local NBC and Telemundo television stations teamed up with more than 680 animal shelters in states across the country and in Puerto Rico. The shelters offered no-cost or reduced-fee adoptions, or they waived spaying and neutering fees to help families bring home dogs, cats and unusual animals like the iguana. 

Pet owners who mentioned the campaign during the adoption process were included in NBC's 2016 count, which was more than twice the number of animals given forever homes during last year's event. 

"Our entire division of NECN, Telemundo and NBC stations and our corporate staff are overwhelmed and thrilled with the extraordinary results of this year's Clear The Shelters event,” said Valari Staab, the president of NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. "We want to thank all of our shelters, NBC and Telemundo affiliates that joined us this year and our partners, including Petco and VIP Petcare. Together, we emptied at least 13 shelters and found more than 45,000 animals new loving homes."

The BARCS animal shelter in Baltimore was emptied of dogs in just six hours on Saturday, one of numerous shelters cleared as pet lovers came forward to take in homeless animals.

"Empty cages!" the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter wrote on Facebook in a post that showed shelter workers waving goodbye from the cages. "All of these doggies found homes today during Clear the Shelters."

Thirty-seven dogs went to new homes and another 35 adoptions are pending, the applications competed but the animals still needing to be spayed or neutered.

Eleven other shelters in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas were also cleared, with 2,894 animals adopted on Saturday.

Within minutes of opening its doors Saturday morning, the Stonington Animal Rescue Project in Stonington, Connecticut, had found homes for all of its kittens.

Kittens are always popular but shelter officials were unprepared for the speed at which these 13 were adopted at the beginning of NBC's second annual Clear the Shelters drive.

"We were totally cleared by 10:10," said Brooke Russell, who is charge of social media for the shelter.

Still to find homes at the Stonington shelter: two guinea pigs, some roosters, barn cats and a few older cats, Russell said.

"We're an all-species rescue group," she said. "We rescue any animal in need of help."

In New York, a Huskie named Rose reached the end of a long journey that began a month and a half ago in Turkey. 

Rescued by a woman in Turkey, Rose and another dog, a Doberman, were flown to the Westchester County chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Briarcliff Manor.

The Doberman was adopted quickly but Rose is a bit unsteady on her feet, a result of a neurological syndrome that made her more difficult to place until Saturday, when a man who seemed a perfect fit came in and took her home to Connecticut.

"She’s going to fine for her life but it's just something to look out for and keep on top of," said the shelter’s executive director, Shannon Laukhuf. "When you see her walk, she's usually fine but every ten steps she might sway a little bit."

"She doesn’t let it stop her," Laukhuf added. "She's just the most playful dog. She loves other animals, she's great with kids."

Nearly 20,000 animals found new homes last August during Clear the Shelters, among them Roxie. An older pit bull, she was left in a backyard in Stockton, California, when the woman who owned her went to prison. She had been well cared but ended up at the city shelter, shivering, anxious and unable to walk.

Another dog thought to be her daughter was adopted but she languished until she was moved to the Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco in time for NBC's nationwide pet adoption drive last year. And there she met Terry and Doug Burke.

They took her home and showered her with affection.

"Roxie is thriving," Doug Burke said. "She's loving her life."

At the Muttville Senior Dog Rescue on Saturday, Jennifer Gonzalez of Santa Cruz wanted a calm and mellow lap dog and she got just that, in Santana, an 11-year-old Yorkie mix. 

Beth Martin, who has already adopted three dogs and fostered 22 others, fell in love with Peggy Sue, a terrier mix stray from Sacramento with a broken leg. The two went home to Silicon Valley.

Ruben Echeverria Hernandez wanted another dog who needed attention and Ringo Starr fit the bill. He joins a home with two other dogs. Hernandez was diagnosed with AIDS and said the dogs keep him happy and busy.

And Sue and Sasha Smirensky brought home Tilda, a pug terrier mix, to join them and Pickle for their walks on Half Moon Bay every morning.

Natalie Morales, NBC News' West Coast anchor for the "Today" show, will host a 30-minute special on Friday, July 29 to recap the day. It will air on the NBC Owned Television Stations and on more than 120 NBC affiliated stations.

A similar show airing on the Telemundo stations will be co-hosted by Stephanie Himonidis, known as "Chiquibaby," and Elva Saray, hosts of the daily entertainment show "Acceso Total" on Telemundo 52 Los Angeles or KVEA.

The Muttville shelter had about 80 dogs available for adoption Saturday — of all types and sizes, from 3 to 110 pounds. They were strays or lost their homes when their owners moved, went into nursing homes, died or in some other way were no longer able to care for them. The one thing the mutts have in common is that they are all at least 7 years old.

"What you see is what you get," said Sherri Franklin, founder and executive director of the Muttville shelter. "Their personalities are already formed. A lot of our dogs have grown up in families so we sometimes are able to give that kind of background on the dog. They're trained, they're not going to chew up your shoes."

Last year's mood was festive, drawing in people who might have been putting off getting a dog, she said. At the end of the day, 19 dogs had new homes. 

Muttville is on what's known as "Rescue Row," which it shares with the Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the San Francisco Animal Care and Control shelter and the Northern California Family Dog Rescue.

"If you're looking to adopt, you can find anything on Rescue Row," said Patty Stanton, who handles the shelter's public relations.

Roxie is the second dog the Burkes have adopted from Muttville — and their fourth rescue dog in all — and she has been playing with Doug Burke from the first day in their home.

"And she hasn’t stopped since," Terry Burke wrote in describing the adoption. "Except to eat and sleep, both of which she also enjoys tremendously. Along with giving little tiny kisses, which my friend told me from pit bulls are called 'pibbles.'"

Photo Credit: Joseph Kaczmarek, Special to NBC10
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<![CDATA[Fact Checking Clinton’s Greatest Hits]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 10:00:23 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/HillaryClinton-AP_16140607364144.jpg

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Clinton’s Greatest Hits

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<![CDATA[Mom of Slain NY Escort Found Dead]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 09:40:09 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/sdfdsfsdfsdffffffffff.jpg

The mother of a New Jersey escort whose 2010 disappearance led to the discovery of 10 butchered bodies on a Long Island beach has been killed, and her other daughter has been charged in the slaying.

The Ellenville Police Department said in a release on Facebook that Mari Gilbert, 52, of Ellenville, New York, was killed sometime Saturday morning. Authorities found her body later that day, around 2:15 p.m.

Shortly after Mari Gilbert’s body was found, authorities located her daughter Sarra Gilbert, 27, of Ellenville, New York, and took her into custody, police said.

Sarra Gilbert was charged with second degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon, according to police. It wasn't known if she had an attorney who could comment on her behalf.

She is due to appear in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing. Additionally, a press conference is scheduled for Monday at noon at which time more details will be released.

Mari Gilbert is the mother of Shannan Gilbert, a 24-year-old escort who vanished while on a call in 2010, sparking a massive search that led to the discovery of 10 sets of human remains believed to be linked to at least one serial killer.

Shannan was last seen screaming and running from a home in the Oak Beach complex, where she met her client. Before she disappeared, she called 911 from a client's home and told an operator someone was trying to kill her.

Gilbert's remains were found in December of 2011 on Long Island's Gilgo Beach. Nine sets of remains — eight women and a man — belonged to prostitutes, authorities said. Another set of remains belonged to a baby girl. Five of them, including the infant, have not been identified.

Police have said that Gilbert's death isn't linked to the other bodies and that she drowned in the marsh where she was found.

However, an autopsy report released in February shows Gilbert may have been strangled. Although the autopsy performed by famed forensic pathologist Michael Baden didn't conclude how she died, it did suggest that she had been the victim of some violence prior to her death.

Gilbert’s family had been involved in a civil suit with a doctor who lives on Gilgo Beach. They believe he may know more about her disappearance.

No one has been charged or named as a suspect in any of the killings. 

Marie Gilbert said at Shannan's funeral family members don't believe that she drowned but was a victim of a serial killer. Marie also said she believed the Suffolk County Police Department had given up on her daughter.

"They say she's at rest now, but she's not" said Marie Gilbert, Shannan's mother. "She'll never be at rest until I complete the fight and give her justice."

In January, it was announced that two FBI agents would assist Suffolk County police in their 5-year-old case.

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<![CDATA[Trump on Convention Speech: 'It Was Very Optimistic' ]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 08:07:12 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Trump+on+RNC+Speech.png

Donald Trump pushed back against critics who called his speech at the Republican National Convention Thursday night too pessimistic, telling NBC's Chuck Todd he offered an optimistic message because "we're going to solve the problems."

In an interview on "Meet The Press," the GOP nominee said he intended to portray only a choice between himself and Hillary Clinton.

Asked about his statement that "I alone can fix it" — a sentiment blasted by critics as a flirtation with totalitarianism — Trump said his ability to solve America's problems is a binary contrast with the Democratic nominee.

"I am running against Hillary. It's not like I'm running against the rest of the world. I know people that are very, very capable that could do a very good job, but they could never get elected," he said.

Trump called critics of his address "haters," saying that the latest round of violence in the Middle East justifies the grim view of world affairs he presented in his speech.

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<![CDATA[DNC CFO Apologizes for Email Questioning Sanders' Religion]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 07:07:14 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/bernie+sanders+anuncios+democrata.jpg

The chief financial officer of the Democratic National Committee apologized Saturday for the "insensitive" contents of an email leaked by the website WikiLeaks, which appears to refer to Bernie Sanders but does not name him directly.

The internal email, one of more than 19,000 emails released Friday, showed Brad Marshall" questioning Sander's Jewish faith, and suggested that painting the candidate as an atheist "could make several points difference with his "Southern Baptist peeps [who] would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist."

In a Facebook post Saturday, Marshall said the emails were written in the heat of the moment.

"I deeply regret that my insensitive, emotional emails would cause embarrassment to the DNC, the chairwoman, and all of the staffers who worked hard to make the primary a fair and open process," Marshall said. "The comments expressed do not reflect my beliefs nor do they reflect the beliefs of the DNC and its employees. I apologize to those I offended."NBC News reached out to the DNC Saturday but did not receive a response.

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<![CDATA[Man Completes Walk Across US]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 23:39:30 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Ben+Davis.jpg

A man who walked for five months from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean finished his trek Saturday in Boston, Massachusetts.

Ben Davis started his walk as a personal goal but along the way became an inspiration to people.

"I've gone through four pairs of shoes, this is my fifth," Davis said after arriving in Boston. "Boston streets, I've been going up and down, and up and down."

Davis left from Los Angeles, California, on February 27 with a budget of $40 a day and a stroller packed with supplies.

A real life Forrest Gump of sorts — his reasoning was simple. He could, so why not?

"When the only thing you do is wake up and walk for 12-13 hours, that becomes who you are," Davis said. "It defines my days, to think you know, 'what am I going to do tomorrow or the next day."

His biggest challenge came March 22 when he hit a dust storm in Arizona — it was the same day terrorists attacked the airport in Brussels.

"I'm so desensitized now to all the negativity I didn't give it a second thought," he said.

But a couple of months later — that would change.

"I got an email from a woman named Cameron and her husband was killed in the bombing," Davis recalled.

The woman told him that following his journey has helped her cope with her loss.

"My worst day was because I had dirt on me and it was kind of windy on the same day she lost her husband," Davis said. "And I made a promise to myself to give these things a little more than just a passing thought."

Like Forrest Gump, he gained other followers during his 3,100 mile journey. And when it was over, Davis ended his journey the same way it began, with a dip in the ocean, this time the Atlantic.

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<![CDATA[Unspecified Threat Diverts San Diego Flight ]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 23:19:52 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/plane.PNG

An unspecified threat onboard a flight from Seattle to San Diego forced the plane to divert to Portland Saturday morning.

All 58 passengers and baggage on the Compass Airlines flight had to exit the plane for rescreening.

Law enforcement boarded the flight following the incident.

"Flight #5733 was diverted to Portland out of an abundance of caution as a result of a security concern. The flight landed without incident in Portland at approximately 9:30 a.m. local time where it was met by local authorities. The aircraft and customers have been screened and cleared by law enforcement," Compass Airlines said in a statement.

The plane arrived here in San Diego around 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

<![CDATA[Comic-Con's Zombie Walk Returns ]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 23:25:25 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/zombies.PNG

Two years after a hit-and-run crash put a damper on the "Zombie Walk" during Comic-Con - it's baaaack.

Hundreds of Zombies made their return to the Gaslamp for the popular walk Saturday. 

“It's amazing, so much positive energy,” zombie walker Samantha Mensah said. “Everyone is so excited to get together and be nerds…It's so beautiful.”

In 2014, pedestrian Cynthia Campbell was hit by a car driven by Matthew Pocci during the "Zombie Walk." 

Pocci, a deaf man, failed to yield to pedestrians and onlookers as they participated in the event.

Cambell was pinned under his car and suffered serious injuries.

Pocci was ultimately convicted of felony reckless driving causing serious injury and was sentenced in December 2015 to three years of probation and 60 days of electronic monitoring.

“It’s a damper on the community for those that take part every year,” zombie Rebecca Gomez said.

Lt. Wes Morris of the San Diego Police Department said they have a larger police presence this year.

“The 'Zombie Walk' was one aspect of a bigger picture,” he said. “As a whole we have a lot of officers here.”

“It was unfortunate that someone got hurt, and it’s cool to have it back,” zombie Dominique Houston said. "Everyone in San Diego is trying to make something positive out of something negative.”

Campbell, Pocci and his passengers all sued the city of San Diego for damages in the accident, arguing the city should have closed roads and set up detours to make the streets safer during the "Zombie Walk".

A Superior Court judge ruled the city was not negligent and is not liable.

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<![CDATA[Suspect Surrenders After 2-Hour Standoff]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 23:45:46 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/surrender.PNG

North Park residents were on edge Saturday night after a more than two-hour standoff prompted evacuations.

Police were serving Kyle Norris, 27, felony warrants for auto theft and parole violations Saturday evening when he slammed the door on them and refused to come out of his home in the 3500 block of Florida Street, San Diego police said.

Eventually Norris called a dispatcher saying he wanted to surrender, but wasn’t sure it was police outside of his home even though officers had used a bullhorn and attempted to call him during the standoff, authorities said.

By 10 p.m. he came out with both hands up and surrendered to police.

He also called to say he was suicidal, forcing police to evacuate homes and set up a perimeter around the house.

Faye Ketchum owns the home where Norris was holed up, and could see the San Diego Police Department's Patrol SWAT Team with guns drawn.

“Feeling nervous,” she said. “We’ve rented this house 51 years and this is the first time any problem like that has ever happened.”

Police said they're searching the house for a weapon.

Norris' girlfriend, who rents the house, and a child were inside the home initially, but walked out of their own free will.

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<![CDATA[Lanes of SB I-5 Closed After Possible Drag Racing Crash]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 22:17:25 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/police-stock-breaking-119818994.jpg

Two lanes are closed on southbound Interstate 5 after two or three vehicles were involved in a crash north of Civic Center Drive, California Highway Patrol (CHP) confirmed.

The crash happened around 7 p.m. The drivers may have been drag racing, CHP said.

One of the vehicles caught fire, and at least one of the vehicles left the scene.

No other information was immediately available.

Check back for updates on this breaking news story. 

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<![CDATA[Munich Witness Comforted Victim, Haunted by Last Words]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:57:24 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/MemorialMunich-AP_16205734976102.jpg

A witness to the shooting spree in Munich, Germany, recalled scenes of terror and panic Saturday as a memorial grew outside the shopping center where the rampage took place, NBC News reported. 

Huseyin Bayri, 29, who was at the Olympia Einkaufszentrum when the 18-year-old gunman opened fire Friday evening, told reporters that he held a teen who was shot and comforted him as the victim succumbed to his wounds. Bayri said he was thinking he could be next as the shooter approached. 

Bayri said he’s haunted by the boy’s final words: "I can't get those words out of my head: 'Please help me, please help me.'" 

The witness said he heard the shooter yell “I will kill you all” and “I am German” before the first shots rang out. 

The rampage paralyzed Munich, as police conducted a manhunt for what was initially believed to be multiple gunmen. Police later said the shooter acted alone. The gunman shot himself in the head when police made contact with him, according to authorities.

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<![CDATA[Kids With Special Needs Beat the Heat at the Beach]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 20:27:10 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/beach2.PNG

A group of kids with the Best Day Foundation, a volunteer group that helps kids with special needs build confidence through activities, splashed through the waves at La Jolla Shores Saturday – something they don’t get to do often.

“It takes a lot more work and you know a lot more help to get a lot of these kids out on the water and on the surfboards,” volunteer Erin Cain said. “Something that’s so simple for us is something that's really special for them…[They] built some little sand castles, these kids are having so much they're not even thinking of the heat.”

At one point Saturday’s temperatures reached 81 degrees prompting thousands of others to flock to the beach to cool off as well.

“It’s been hot, the surf has been a little bit challenging and the beach is more crowded than we're used to,” Brooks Lambert of the Best Day Foundation told NBC 7.

Lifeguards said they’ve been extra busy watching over the influx of beachgoers.

“The last couple of weeks we've been busy all summer long,” Lt. Rich Stropky with San Diego Lifeguards said.

For lifeguards bigger crowds mean more rescues, but the children weren’t complaining about the weather.

For Michael Bradstreet it was a day to feel just like every other kid.

“All I [can] say [is] awesomeness,” he said with a big smile.

Each child in the group is paired up with a volunteer who makes sure they avoid rip currents or get dehydrated.

“We're just trying to drink lots of fluids you know staying wet and staying in the shade,” Cain said.

The group was even assigned its own lifeguard who watched out for dangerous conditions.

It's not every day these kids get to play in hot weather, sand or water, serving as a reminder that if you can't beat the heat maybe you should join it.

Lifeguards said they had 22 rescues as of noon Saturday, and they expect the number to rise

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<![CDATA['Blue Lives Matter' Gains Traction Among Conservatives]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 02:39:26 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-578666050.jpg

A new movement is emerging among Republican candidates and officeholders, contrasting the liberal-dominated Black Lives Matters movement, according to NBC News. 

'Blue Lives Matter' has already become a rallying cry for some conservatives. The recent shootings of police officers, particularly the in Dallas, have pushed conservatives to insist there is a war on police officers. 

The implication that Americans are overly hostile to law enforcement is the latest illustration of the debate over race, policing and criminal justice, as Trump’s popularity rises and the end of Barack Obama’s presidency comes to an end. 

A group of GOP House members say they will push for a so-called 'Blue Lives Matter' bill in September that would make the intentional shooting of a police officer a hate crime. Some liberal groups argue such a provision is unnecessary since many states impose additional penalties on those who kill police officers. 

According to a 2013 Gallup survey, 68 percent of Republicans viewed police officers as having “high” or “very high” standards of ethics, compared to just 44 percent of Democrats.

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<![CDATA[For Some Families, Comic-Con is a Tradition]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 22:26:45 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDCC-2016-Garske+061.JPG

Bright-eyed children, toddlers and babies filled the halls of San Diego Comic-Con International 2016, eagerly exploring the path paved by their parents as the pop culture event served as a tradition for some families.

Tightly hanging on their parents, many children made their way through the four-day pop culture expo at the San Diego Convention Center. Many stopped to ask questions about the costumed characters at every turn. Others, too little to form full sentences, stared wide-eyed at the colorful sights all around.

San Diego residents Gabriel and Andie Estrada – along with their 21-month-old daughter, Kennedy – were among the families at the convention. Kennedy was dressed in a tiny costume in the likeness of Harley Quinn from DC Comics' “Suicide Squad,” complete with pigtails and a baseball bat.

For the Estradas, Comic-Con has now become a family tradition. This weekend marked Kennedy’s second time at San Diego Comic-Con since she was born in October 2014.

Gabriel told NBC 7 he has been attending Comic-Con since the 1990s and knew that when he and his wife had a baby, their outing to the convention would morph into a family affair.

“For me, that’s always been one of my dreams -- to have a kid so that I can dress them up as my favorite characters -- and kind of live through them,” said Gabriel. “We’ve always been big geeks.”

Gabriel and Andie said they had several costumes planned for Kennedy, one for each day of Comic-Con.

“Every year, we plan out her costumes months and months in advance and we have them lined up for The Con,” Gabriel explained.

Kennedy’s costumes this year included Chewbacca, Marty McFly and Wonder Woman, in addition to her Harley Quinn get-up. Last year, her parents dressed her up as a “Star Wars” Ewok, Bat Girl and Spider Girl over the course of Comic-Con.

Equipped with a stroller and plenty of baby supplies, the Estradas said Kennedy was enjoying Comic-Con, taking it all in. On Friday, they planned to take her to a booth in the exhibition space featuring one of her favorite cartoon characters, Peppa Pig.

“Peppa!” Kennedy said enthusiastically, as her parents promised that would be their next stop.

Much like the Estradas, the Bassham family of New York City also visited Comic-Con this weekend, tot in tow.

Katie and Brandon Bassham traveled to Comic-Con with their 1-year-old daughter, Polly.

This year marked their fifth time at San Diego Comic-Con, but their first time as parents with Polly by their side. The little one clung to Brandon, eyes scanning the costumes.

“We love it here. There’s so much to see and so much going on,” Katie told NBC 7. “We wanted to raise her with a pop culture background.”

The Basshams said they took Polly to New York Comic-Con last October as preparation for their trip to San Diego. For that convention, they dressed Polly as Matt Foley, the hilarious “Saturday Night Live” character portrayed by late comic Chris Farley.

“She was a chubby little baby then, so it kind of worked,” Brandon said with a smirk.

Katie said they planned to put Polly in a costume on Saturday – this time Rey from “Star Wars.” The couple said they had thought about putting their toddler in a costume inspired by Uma Thurman’s character in “Kill Bill” but switched gears due to the heat wave that struck San Diego this week.

“We weren’t expecting 90-degree weather [so we opted for a different costume]. We wanted her to be comfortable and have a fun costume,” said Brandon.

For the Basshams, bringing Polly to Comic-Con will also become a family tradition.

“A few years ago, we noticed how many babies were here – even really bitty babies,” said Katie. “So we always thought, when we have a kid, we’ll continue going.”

“Hopefully she won’t rebel and hate this stuff,” she added.

Brandon said attending Comic-Con with his daughter has helped them see the event in a new light, through the eyes of a child.

There was certainly lots of kid-friendly fun to be had at Comic-Con. Major toy companies – including Hasbro, Mattel and LEGO – had a solid presence inside the Convention Center, selling special-edition toys. Networks like Nickelodeon also made their marks.

Disney princesses were also scattered among the attendees in costumes, including Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” and “Frozen” sisters Elsa and Anna.

The “Frozen” princesses were stopped by many families who wanted to take photos with them. They happily stopped to pose for pictures, little girls clutching their hands, smiling from ear-to-ear.

“Thank you, princess!” one Elsa told a little girl.

Over in the Artists’ Alley section of the exhibition floor there were plenty of family-friendly comic books to peruse, including educational comics created by a company called Cartoonists Across America.

Ted Lai, who works with the company, told NBC 7 his comics include solutions-oriented storylines sprinkled with humor and educational lessons.

He said a bestseller called “Theo the Dinosaur,” for example, is about how four dinosaurs survived the Ice Age and learned to read.

Lai said Cartoonists Across America has had a booth at Comic-Con for 30 years and has struck a chord with families.

“There’s definitely a niche here. There are a lot of families where people have been fans of comics for years and now they have kids and they want their kids to have some exposure,” Lai told NBC 7.

Over the years, Lai said he has seen the family tradition of attending Comic-Con take shape before his eyes.

“I’ve seen way more families here. It’s not just parents who are dragging the kids here. It is children who are excited because they want to actually start reading comic books – they want to see what their parents are reading,” he added.

Every year, Sunday – the final day of Comic-Con – is known as “Family Day,” with programming catering to young fans, tapping that next generation of fandom that has kept San Diego Comic-Con growing for the past 47 years.

Photo Credit: Monica Garske
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<![CDATA[Marine Severely Injured in Afghanistan Receives Adapted Home]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 20:25:16 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/injured+vet1.PNG

Marine Sergeant Toran Gaal lost both legs and suffered a severe brain injury when an improvised explosive device detonated while he was deployed to Afghanistan is June 2011.

He woke up from a coma two months later with no memory of being a Marine and thinking he was still in high school. Through physical therapy and help from family and friends, Sgt. Gaal has recovered mentally and made great strides physically as well.

Five years later, Gaal is seeing his new home for the first time.

Homes for our troops built the specially-adapted home in Valley Center to meet the needs of Gaal and family, making it easier for him to move around the home and have access from his wheelchair.

Supporters lined the driveway Saturday to welcome Gaal to his new mortgage-free home. He, his wife Lisa and their daughter will move in soon.

"To have a home that I no longer can't access something, I can't even explain the amount of independence that I feel already and I don't even live here yet,” Gaal said.

The home is the 221st built for veterans through the Homes for Our Troops organization.

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<![CDATA[2 Dead, 1 Child Injured in Shooting]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 08:07:32 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/police+tape+3.jpg

The Miami Police Department said two adults are dead and a child was injured in a shooting on Saturday afternoon.

Police responded to reports of multiple people found shot. A male and a female were confirmed dead, while a 7-year-old child sustained non-life threatening injuries, according to police. 

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The incident occurred near the area of Northwest 36th Court and 2nd Street.

Officers working the scene say their focus is on the front right of the duplex. Detectives say the woman was shot dead at the scene. The man was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The youngest victim, 7 years old, suffered one gunshot wound.

One neighbor living right across the street says the woman was very approachable, always saying hi when passing his house.

Officers say this homicide investigation may or may not be the result of a domestic dispute.  

No other details were made available. 

This is a developing story, check back with NBC 6 for updates.

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<![CDATA[NBC's 'Blindspot' Reveals Additions to Season 2]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:10:47 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/blindspot+panel.jpg

The cast of NBC's "Blindspot" revealed plenty to fans on Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con International.

The cast and crew of the action-packed NBC crime drama series -- which returns to prime time for its second season on Sept. 14 -- hosted a panel amid the biggest day of the pop culture expo at the San Diego Convention Center.

The star-studded panel included series star Jaimie Alexander, Sullivan Stapleton, Rob Brown, Ashley Johnson, Audrey Esparza, and the executive producer, Martin Gero.

Before the cast took the stage, a preview of the show's second season was screened in front of fans. A roaring round of applause welcomed the panelists just as the preview ended.

The Q&A session started with some exciting news from Gero.

“We’re excited to announce that Luke Mitchell is joining the cast of 'Blindspot.' We’re so stoked!” he said.

Gero also announced actress Michelle Hurd will be joining season two as well.

The executive producer then gave fans a glimpse of what they can expect as the storyline unfolds this season.

“It’s three months later and everyone has had a rough go. Jane has been in a CIA black site and they’ve been questioning her for three months. The team is dealing with the fact that Jane was an imposture,” Gero explained. 

Once the moderated portion of the panel ended, audience members were able to ask questions. One fan asked if Alexander sees herself in her character, Jane Doe.

“There are parts of myself I see in Jane. I'm super grateful she exists. She's so well-written,” said Alexander.

"Blindspot" made its debut at San Diego Comic-Con last summer. 

In the past year, the show has certainly built a fanbase, as the room in which the panel was held brimmed to capacity with fans of the series.

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<![CDATA[Mayor, Volunteers Stand Down for Homeless Veterans ]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 20:21:09 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/vets1.PNG

City leaders, volunteers and veterans met at San Diego High School Saturday for the second day of Stand Down for Homeless Veterans.

The 29th annual event started Friday and offers participants medical checkups, new clothing, job counseling and housing assistance, among other things.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer made it clear that housing for veterans is important to him.

“San Diegans have really stepped up,” he told NBC 7 Saturday. “We’ve made it a goal that we’re going to house 1,000 veterans this year. Our message today is we need extra help from some of our landlords to help house these veterans. And our message to veterans here at Stand Down today – your city stands behind you, your mayor’s with you, all of our partners are together to help give not only the tools you need to get back on your feet, but more importantly put a roof over your head.”

Organizers said it would be great if Stand Down was no longer needed.

"And that's really the goal,” Phil Landis of the Veterans Village of San Diego said. “It's always been the goal and so, the very first couple of years they figured, okay, we're going to put this thing together and you know, and then we're not going to have to do this after the second or third year, wrong, we're still here."

The event supports around 1,000 veterans and their families each year. 

More than 200 local vets already have houses thanks to the City's new Housing our Heroes program.

The event finishes Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Comic-Con 2016: Sunday's Must-See Events]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 09:12:07 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Steven+Moffat-480104556.jpg

San Diego Comic-Con International will end with a bang Sunday after four days of comics, cosplaying, and superhero TV and movies.

Even though it's the last day, Sunday includes a packed schedule to keep comic and pop culture fans satisfied until next year.

Here are some events you shouldn't miss:

10:00am - 11:00am, Hall H
Join Amanda Abbington (Mary Watson), Mark Gatiss (co-creator/executive producer/writer), Steven Moffat (co-creator/executive producer/writer) and Sue Vertue (producer) as they disucss what's next for Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson in the upcoming season of Sherlock.

Fantastic Fans and Where to Find Them
10:15am - 11:15am, Room 6A
Come hear talks about the magical new additions to the world of Harry Potter including the new West End play "Harry Potter & The Cursed Child" and the upcoming film "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."

LEGO Dimensions
11:15am - 12:15pm, Room 6DE
Get an inside look at what's new in the world of LEGO Dimensions with screenings of a new game trailer, new characters and game features. Everyone in attendance will also receive a limited-edition LEGO Green Arrow minifigure.

Marvel: Women of Marvel
12:30pm - 1:30pm, Room 6DE
This panel will feature women from all walks of the creative comic book process with Marvel talking about the future of industry. Join content development director Sana Amanat, producer Judy Stephens, social media manager Adri Cowan, Marvel Live host Lorraine Cink, writer G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel) and Marvel's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." costume designer Ann Foley as they talk about their experiences as women in comics.

World Premiere of Batman Unlimited: Mech vs. Mutants
12:15pm - 1:45pm, Room 6BCF
Don't miss the world premiere of the third installment of the animated "Batman Unlimited" series. This time Batman is back to save the day from Killer Croc and Bane when they are turned into giant mutant monsters. The filmmakers and voice cast will be there to discuss the film after the screening.

The 50-Year Mission: Star Trek Then, Now, and Beyond
1:00pm - 2:00pm, Room 25ABC
Authors Mark A. Altman  (Free Enterprise, The Librarians) and Edward Gross (Empire magazine) will discuss the work they did to detail the "Star Trek" phenomenon in their bestselling two-volume book series from St. Martin's Press, "The 50 Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored and Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek."

Hank Green Does What You Want Him to Do
1:00pm - 2:00pm, Room 4
Don't miss your chance to hang out with popular YouTube vlogger Hank Green, co-creator of "SciShow," "Crash Course," "VidCon," "the Internet Creator's Guild" and "Vlogbrothers."

Anything Goes with John Barrowman
2:00pm - 3:00pm, Room 6BCF
Meet up with entertainer John Barrowman. The actor known for his role as Captain Jack Harkness in "Torchwood" and "Doctor Who" will be answering fan questions, singing and dancing.

Buffy Musical: Once More with Feeling: An Interactive Whedon Musical
3:15pm - 4:45pm, Room 6BCF
Don't miss Comic-Con's closing event and end the four-day convention with a bang with an interactive screening of the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" musical episode, "Once More with Feeling." Actress Juliet Landau, who played Drusilla, and a surprise guest, will be in attendance.

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<![CDATA[Prince the Pigeon: Her Beak Was Broken But Not Her Spirit]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 02:06:33 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/prince-adopted.jpg

The baby pigeon with a broken beak was found in April, barely 3 weeks old and about to be euthanized.

Instead the vet technician got in touch with Elizabeth Young at Palomacy, a rescue organization for pigeons and doves in San Francisco. It had somehow survived after being attacked by an animal, though its wounds were infected and its beak was split. It had been living on the ground at a gas station, fed by its parents despite its injuries.

Today the pigeon is thriving though with its crooked beak it can never be released into the wild and is available for adoption. It has taught itself to eat pigeon feed, but needs a deep dish and extra time. Its beak is as fixed as it can or needs to be, Young said.

And though named Prince after the musician who had just died, the pigeon is now thought to be female.

"She does great," Young said. "She's completely self-sufficient."

Palomacy had lots of interest from people interested in the birds on Saturday, during NBC's Clear the Shelters pet adoption drive, but the birds need large cages or outdoor aviaries so their adoptions take more time.

"We're planting seeds and starting the process," Young said.

More than 650 shelters across the country took part in Clear the Shelters, and in all more than 45,000 animals were adopted.  Most were dogs and cats, but iguanas, guinea pigs, ferrets, rabbits and toads also found homes.

Palomacy -- shorthand for pigeon diplomacy -- has more than 100 pigeons and doves in foster care. They are domestic birds, survivors of pigeon racing, raised for sport or show, or like Prince, wild birds that for whatever reason cannot be released.

"We always have a waiting list of new birds that need our rescue help," she said. "We can never keep up."

Young founded Palomacy nine years ago because no one in the area was helping the birds and they were routinely killed in the shelters. They are meticulously clean and do no transmit diseases easily to people, she said.

"They make amazing pets," she said. "They've very smart, they're very emotional, they're very loyal, they're easy to care for." 

Photo Credit: Riya Bhattacharjee
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<![CDATA[San Diegans Help Clear the Shelters]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 16:54:13 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*225/CTS+community+7.jpgDuring Clear the Shelters, hundreds of dogs, cats, bunnies and even bunnies were picked up across San Diego County as part of Clear the Shelters on July 23.

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<![CDATA[Why Russia Supports Separatist Movements]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 15:05:09 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Russian-President-Vladimir-Putin-AP_217842211389.jpg

Russia has invited secessionists from Northern Ireland, Scotland, and those from Spain and Italy for a conference, according to NBC News. 

“Our goal is to consolidate efforts based on international legal standards [and] to achieve the very democracy the European Union and the United States talk about, but [the democracy] in its true meaning," Alexander Ionov, head of the Anti-Globalist Movement of Russia, which is organizing the event, told NBC News. 

One of the international standards he referred to is a nation’s right for self-determination — part of the United Nations’ chapter. 

Western leaders and Russia experts say the Kremlin supports separatist parties to destabilize groupings such as NATO and the EU to thwart U.S. missile installations that Moscow sees as a threat to security.

They say Moscow also uses these movements as leverage in its political agenda and to push for the lifting of Western sanctions against Moscow after its annexation of Crimea.

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<![CDATA['Drunkorexia' Common Among College Students: Study]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 15:07:20 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/BeerDrinking-GettyImages-144235968.jpg

Almost a third of college students say they’ve taken part in practices dubbed “drunkorexia,” according to a recent study, NBC News reported. 

That’s the name for behaviors such as skipping meals or heavy exercising to offset calories from binge drinking, or to pump up alcohol’s buzz. The study, conducted by a research assistant at the University of Houston, found that the behaviors were just as common in men as they were in women. 

The survey found that 80 percent of students engaged in at least one of the following behaviors: cutting back on food and increasing exercise; engaging in bulimic-type behaviors such as vomiting after eating or taking laxatives; boosting exercise or eating less to offset calories from drinking. 

Previous research showed that 40 percent of college students drink heavily at least once a month. The researcher said a cultural shift in men being more worried about their appearance may have led to the rise in the behavior. 

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<![CDATA[Memorable Moments From #ClearTheShelters]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 20:19:01 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/baywatch_animal_rescue.jpg

It was her ears! 

Mandy Rickman fell in love with a 4-month-old puppy when she stopped by an animal shelter in rural Maryland during NBC's second annual Clear the Shelters drive on Saturday.

Rickman had just finished grocery shopping when she decided to stop by the Baywatch Animal Shelter to look for a playmate for her dog at home.

Just as Rickman walked in, a litter of puppies was let out. Right away, she noticed a brown pup named Maggie with big, floppy ears. Maggie and her siblings had traveled all night from a kill shelter in Florida before landing in Baywatch's care. 

Rickman knew she had to take Maggie home.

"She's just adorable. I've been home for 10 minutes and she's already taken over the house," said Rickman, who lives in East New Market, Maryland. "I had been looking for another dog. I just lost a dog a year ago. I knew she had to come home with me." 

Rickman, a Ravens fan, renamed the puppy Poe after the Baltimore team's mascot. Her first order of business when she got home was to give Poe a bath and a walk.

For Baywatch, Clear the Shelters has brought plenty of prospective pet parents through their front doors. 

"We are psyched," said Baywatch executive director Maureen Scott-Taylor. "Families can pick out the dog they think is going to be their forever friend."

Poe is one of more than 45,000 pets to be adopted as part of Clear the Shelters this month. Pet parents who mentioned Clear the Shelters during the adoption process were included in NBC's count.

Other new pet owners shared photos of their once-homeless animals on social media Saturday, including a kitten from New Hampshire named Storm.

The Hussey family fell in love with Storm when they walked into the New Hampshire SPCA. Two-year-old Braelynn Hussey greeted her new furry friend with a kiss.

See other Clear the Shelters memorable moments from across the country:

Photo Credit: Baywatch Animal Rescue
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<![CDATA[NBC Debuts 'Powerless' at Comic-Con]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 14:51:37 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-578960478.jpg

A new, quirky, NBC comedy series set in the universe of DC Comics used San Diego Comic-Con as its launching pad Friday, offering a glimpse into the world of "Powerless."

The show gave comic book fans a sneak peek at its panel Friday, which included stars Vanessa Hudgens, Danny Pudi, Alan Tudyk and Ron Funches. The pilot's director, Michael Patrick Jan, along with the show's creator, Ben Queen, also took the stage for the Q&A session.

Before the panel started, the audience was treated to a screening of "Powerless." Laughter spread around the room as the crowd enjoyed the show.

Vanessa Hudgens said that she is excited to play a character who is brave and is willing to stand up for her friends and coworkers.

Queen then talked about the series and the unique universe in which it's set.

"It's in its own universe within the DC Universe (DCU). DC let us talk about all aspects of the DCU and has let us make this an NBC documentary-style show," he explained.

The show revolves around average people living and working in a world full of superheroes and villains, a la "Parks and Recreation," but set in a comic book world.

This new comedy series, expected to debut on NBC this fall, gives the frequent superhero show a twist sure to find its place among fans of the DC Universe.

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<![CDATA[Ramona Rock Fire Burns 28 Acres, 50% Contained]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 11:09:19 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/rock+fire.JPG

State Route 67 in Ramona was shut down in both directions on Friday afternoon after a vehicle fire jumped into nearby brush.

The fire, dubbed the "Rock Fire" by officials, started at approximately 2:34 p.m. on the SR-67 at Rockhouse Road, Cal Fire confirmed.


As of around 3:45 p.m., the fire had spread to 12 acres. According to a tweet by Cal Fire, winds had caused the fire to extend. By 4:45 p.m., the fire was burning 30 acres.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSO) said there was a concern the fire could spread to nearby homes. Residents in the area were being advised to evacuate.


A temporary evacuation point was set up at Ramona Branch Library located on 1275 Main St. An evacuation shelter for large animals was also set up at the Ramona Fairgounds on Aqua Lane.

The fire had reduced to 20 acres and was five percent contained by 6:20 p.m. Friday. At that point, the evacuation advisory for residents was also lifted.


One resident told NBC 7 he had been getting off of work when a neighbor called him and told him there was a fire.

"It's very humbling. Never had that experience," Eddie Hajas said, adding that he wants to thank the firefighters for their work.

Some firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion but there were no major injuries.

"These guys are the heroes of the day and they came through. I'll be paying them a visit, thanking them personally," he said.

 Eric Webb, who was in town on a job site when he got a call when the fire came dangerously close to a home he had built.

"It could have got nasty, you know. We were very fortunate," he said.

Crews planned to remain at the scene of the fire Saturday tending to hot spots and making sure there were no more flare-ups.

San Diego County has been experiencing sweltering temperatures this week as a heat wave lingers. The hot weather is a cause for concern for firefighters.

As of 7:30 a.m. Saturday, the Rock Fire had burned 28 acres and was 50 percent contained, Cal Fire officials said, as crews continued to make solid progress.

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<![CDATA[Family Adopts Puppy Rescued From Ravine]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 10:23:19 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/RavinePuppy_Family_LoriHite1_1600px-350x251.jpg

A puppy rescued by a San Diego animal control officer earlier this month after falling 100 feet down a ravine now has a forever home with a Southern California family.

The San Diego County Department of Animal Services said Friday that

The 10-week-old German shepherd puppy was recently adopted by veterinarian Annie Blea, of Los Angeles County, and her husband and her two daughters, Faith and Abby.

Blea said that when she heard the pup’s story of survival, she knew there was something really special about the dog – and the officer who helped rescue the pup.

“We saw the story on her and there was just something about her. She called out to me a little bit,” said Blea to Animal Services. "She’s just very special – she had a look about her and the way she acted for a puppy that had been on the side of a cliff? I thought she was amazing."

Earlier this month, harness in tow, an officer with San Diego County’s Department of Animal Services rappelled 100 feet down a ravine to rescue a stray puppy that had tumbled in rough terrain in Pauma Valley.

According to Animal Services, Officer Denise Gove was called to the area about 65 miles northeast of downtown San Diego to help safely pull a small, 10-week-old German shepherd up from the rocky ravine. Gove is a member of the San Diego County Animal Response Team (SDCART), made up of trained volunteers and Animal Control officers. 

When Animal Services received the emergency call about the puppy stranded down the ravine, Gove told colleagues she had been trained in rappelling and wanted to help with the rescue.

When Gove arrived at the ravine, she could hear the puppy’s whimpers coming from below. The bottom of the ravine was about 200 feet down.

Animal Services said the puppy had dropped about 100 feet down, where a large bush broke the animal’s fall. She was clinging to the bush.

According to Animal Services, if that bush hadn't been there, the puppy likely would not have survived the drop all the way to the bottom of the ravine.

Little by little, Gove rappelled toward the pup. Animal Services said the rescue was difficult due to the steep incline of the rocky ravine.

“[The puppy] clung onto that bush until Officer Gove dropped from the sky to rescue,” explained Lt. Loren Bunnell, who took the original emergency call from dispatch for the rescue.

Bunnell said the photos of the tense moments of the rappelling rescue depict the “enormity of the situation” and how Gove ultimately got the job done.

Following the rescue, Animal Services said the puppy was doing just fine. The dog was considered a stray and was taken to the County’s Northern Region shelter in Carlsbad on Palomar Airport Road.

The puppy became available for adoption a few days later.

Blea was among those who applied to adopt the puppy from the shelter in Carlsbad. Ultimately, the Blea family was chosen as the perfect match to give the pup a forever home.

Fittingly, the puppy has been named Millie, short for “milagro,” which means miracle in Spanish.

Blea said Millie is a great addition to her family and is getting along with the family’s others pets, a dog and cat. Abby and Faith have been very attentive to their new adopted pet, too.

“They’re thrilled – just over the moon. It’s their first puppy!” Blea told Animal Services.

“I feel very lucky they picked us,” Blea added, speaking about adoption process at the Carlsbad shelter.

More families will have a chance to adopt a pet Saturday at NBC’s nationwide Clear the Shelters adoption drive, which will help pets in need across the county find permanent homes.

In San Diego, 13 local shelters will participate in Saturday’s event, waiving or discounting adoption fees to help more pets secure forever homes.

Photo Credit: San Diego County Department of Animal Services]]>
<![CDATA[At Least 80 Killed in Suicide Blasts at Kabul Protest]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 19:56:16 -0700http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/AP_16205468400202.jpg

Suicide bombings in the capital of Afghanistan Saturday killed at least 80 people and injured more than 230, many of whom were taking part in a political demonstration, authorities said.

The blasts occurred in Dehmazamg Square near the Kabul Zoo on the main road to Parliament, Health Ministry spokesperson Ismail Kawosi told NBC News.

Three suicide bombers worked in tandem in the attacks, according to the Ministry of the Interior. While one bomb was detonated, a second bomb exploded prematurely and a third bomber was shot dead by police.

The protesters, mostly ethnic minority Hazaras, were marching to demand that their impoverished home province be included in a major new electricity line, according to The Associated Press.

A branch of the terror group ISIS claimed responsibility, according to NBC News consultant Flashpoint Intelligence. That claim has not been verified. 

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